A Life in Stitches: Knitting My Way through Love, Loss, and Laughter

A Life in Stitches: Knitting My Way through Love, Loss, and Laughter

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by Rachael Herron
     
 

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In these 20 heartfelt essays, Rachael Herron celebrated romance novelist by day, 911 dispatcher by night, and founder of the hugely popular blog Yarnagogo.com shows how when life unravels there's always a way to knit it back together again, many times into something even better. Honest, funny, and full of warmth, Herron's tales, each inspired by something she knit

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In these 20 heartfelt essays, Rachael Herron celebrated romance novelist by day, 911 dispatcher by night, and founder of the hugely popular blog Yarnagogo.com shows how when life unravels there's always a way to knit it back together again, many times into something even better. Honest, funny, and full of warmth, Herron's tales, each inspired by something she knit or something knit for her, will speak to anyone who has ever picked up a pair of needles. From her very first sweater (a hilarious disaster, to say the least) to the yellow afghan that caused a breakup (and, ultimately, a breakthrough), every piece has a moving story behind it. This beautifully crafted and candid collection is perfect for the knitter who loves to read and the reader who loves to knit.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Novelist and blogger Herron isn’t really old enough to write a memoir. But that doesn’t stop her from sharing interesting, sometimes poignant, and often humorous scenes from her life in 20 essays organized around her life-long passion for knitting. Herron, who is young and attractive enough to sit in bars and knit socks without looking like a nut, turns in honest, well-considered appraisals of choices she’s made, turns she’s taken, and people she’s known. It’s a big year for Herron, whose A Cypress Hollow Yarn series (William Morrow) will hit its third installment in October with Wishes and Stitches. She also writes a popular knitting blog, but the essays here are deeper and more polished than pumped-up blog entries. And while the book has a hipster vibe, the personal truths and revelations mined are universal enough to resonate with all ages. For knitters, opening this book will be like curling up on a couch with a pair of needles, a ball of yarn, and a couple of cocktails with a good girlfriend—a guilt-free indulgence in the twin pleasures of friendship and handicrafts. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452100531
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
08/03/2011
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
537,042
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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Meet the Author

Rachael Herron is the creator of Yarnagogo.com, which receives over 90,000 hits a month, and the author of the novel How to Knit a Love Song. She lives with her better half in Oakland, California.

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Life in Stitches 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Knitnana More than 1 year ago
Key admission: I'm a knitter, so I *get* from where the author writes. But even if you don't knit, this is a poignant memoir. Ms. Herron has made the sorts of mistakes we all make in coming into ourselves, and has learned from them, especially that mistakes are often not the sorts of things cast in stone. In knitting you can frog or tink (unknit), in writing you can edit, and in life, you can say you're sorry, and try to work it out. I cried for the loss of her mom, I cried over her kitty, Digit's loss and re-found. And through it all, I nodded over the community we knitter's have made for ourselves, local and worldwide thru the web. Nodded and smiled. Read this. You'll be a better person for it. (Then make sure you pick up her novels...they're all really good and a lot of fun! She's got an easy, breezy style.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book of personal essays based on Herron's life. Very thought provoking. I bought 2 copies so I could give one away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a knitter, so I relate. But even a non knitter would enjoy this book. Fast read and highly enjoyable.
saliTX More than 1 year ago
This book was a treat! Although I ususally don't like essays or short stories, this book allowed me a quick break from all 3 of the "heavy duty" books I am currently slogging through. Just a quick break, a change of pace. I could identify as a knitter with most of the stories Rachael Herron has "essayed" about in this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started out liking the book, but when the writer (female), a quarter of the way through, started writing about liking men and women and dating women, I was turned off. Not interested any longer. I want my money back!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very surprised how much I enjoyed these short stories with the thread of knitting as a focal point. Will read more by Rachael.
SassyGrandma More than 1 year ago
If you like books that are a fun read and include the "knitting community", this one is for you. A quick fun read that reads as a biography with a little bit about knitting included. Loved the knitting instructions at the back of the book! Will definitely read another book by this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those of us who love to "play with sticks and string," these essays say it all. While my personal life experiences are quite different from those of Ms Herron, we share a common bond in our love of yarn. To quote Elizabeth Zimmerman: "Knit on, with hope and confidence, through all..."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a knitter, so I doubly loved this book. This book is so readable. I love that the titles of each chapter are named for a knitting stitch. As others have mention, you don't have to knit to love this book. Rachel is very forth coming about explaining her life. I want to read more of Rachel's books.
1stgradeteacher More than 1 year ago
This was my first dip into the ebook realm. What a wonderful set of essays! I am a crafter so I find such delight in reading stories that weave a story with a passion. I read this in one day! I was hooked and thoroughly enjoyed the fabric of this story! I then started following Rachael's blog and her adventures in Venice, Italy, a place I had recently visited.
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nrsenoey More than 1 year ago
This book made me want to pick up my needles and hooks and get created
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very uplifting book. Got me through a stressful time in my personal life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried several times to read this and couldn't get through the first few pages.
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ECH52 More than 1 year ago
Ms. Herron beautifully knits a fascinating life story.
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